Tuesday , 17 October 2017
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District Benchmark Assessments Begin Next Week

In an effort to help teachers plan high-quality, strategic lessons, Newton-Conover students who are taking courses with End-of-Grade or End-of-Course tests will be taking district benchmarks this week.  Benchmark data allows teachers to review how students perform on specific standards that have been taught and how well they perform on questions of varying difficulties.

Instructional Coaches and site-based administrators review this data with teachers during PLCs.  Many NCCS teachers are working with students to track their data and develop personal goals for improvement.  Teachers use benchmark data to provide remediation to targeted students, plan for differentiation, and assess their own areas for improvement.

Teachers will receive two reports – First they will receive a score report that provide suggested grade, predicted performance on the EOG/EOC, how students fared on each standard tested, and how each student performed on the Depth of Knowledge (DOK) levels.  The image below provides a screenshot of the score report.

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Teachers will also receive a student report that details each student’s answers to each question on the test.  Green and red are used to provide a quick glance at how many students answered questions correctly or incorrectly.  At the top of the report, the questions are listed along with the standard that aligns with each lesson.  Teachers can quickly gauge the percentage of students that answered the question correctly.  Reviewing this report along with the test itself can yield a great deal of discussion about what concepts need to be retaught, what vocabulary may be giving students trouble, or how to regroup students based on their needs.

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If you would like to learn more about how to use data from benchmark assessments to inform your instruction, see your instructional coach or administrator.

Case 21 is our benchmark provider.  To learn more about Case 21, click here.

 

About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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